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White House health director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans will need "more vaccines," a day after Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said a fourth booster is "necessary".
In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Fauci was asked how many more mRNA injections will be needed.
"The answer is: we don't know... it is likely that we're not done with this when it comes to vaccines," Fauci said, before adding that people are still dying from COVID.
According to CNBC, the U.S. is still recording more than 1,200 deaths per day from the coronavirus. But most cities and states have ended COVID restrictions.
"Everybody wants to return to normal, everybody wants to put the virus behind us in the rearview mirror, which is, I think, what we should aspire to," said Fauci.
On Sunday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a licensed veterinarian, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that a fourth booster shot "is necessary... right now."
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Bourla (right) said a fourth booster is necessary because immunity begins to wane three to four months after the third booster.
Last week, Bourla said that data for a fourth booster shot will be submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Stephane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna, also said last week that a fourth vaccine booster is in the works.
Pfizer hopes to submit data to the FDA on a vaccine for children under 5 years old by next month. The shots could be available for infants and toddlers as early as May.
Dr. Fauci and members of Congress own stocks in Moderna or Pfizer.
Pfizer reported revenue of $37 billion from sales of its mRNA vaccines in 2021, and expects revenues of $92 billion in 2022.
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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (right) said a fourth booster shot is "necessary" due to "waning effectiveness" of the third shot.
Mr. Bourla, a licensed veterinarian, said a 4th dose is needed during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
"Right now, the way that we have seen, it is necessary, a fourth booster right now," Bourla said.
"The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths. It's not that good against infections, but doesn't last very long. But we are just submitting those data to the FDA and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer."
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By coincidence, triple vaccinated former President Barack Obama announced his breakthrough COVID case on Twitter the same day.
Pfizer is reportedly testing a vaccine that would work against COVID variants that haven't been discovered yet.
Pfizer hopes to submit data to the FDA on a vaccine for children under 5 years old by next month, which could make the shots available for infants and toddlers as early as May.
Pfizer reported revenue of $37 billion from sales of its mRNA vaccines in 2021. The pharma corporation expects revenues of $92 billion in 2022.
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Pfizer-BioNTech is testing a 3-dose vaccine for 2-5 year olds after data showed the 2-dose mRNA vaccines were ineffective in that age group.
The extended research will delay mRNA vaccines for 2-5 year olds until 2022, Pfizer said in a statement on Friday.
The announcement means Pfizer won't have to present data to regulators until the first half of 2022, NBC News reports.
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Earlier this month, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a Greek veterinarian, said the company would have data on 2-5 year olds by the end of the year.
In a news release on Friday, Pfizer said two doses generated a strong immune response in children under 2, but not in children ages 2 to under 5.
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"We have decided to modify each of the pediatric studies to incorporate a third dose to the series and seek licensure for a three-dose series rather than a two-dose series as originally anticipated," Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer's head of vaccine research, said on a conference call with investors on Friday.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a Greek veterinarian, said a fourth Covid-19 booster shot will be necessary to combat the mild symptoms of the Omicron variant.
In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Bourla cited clinical research that shows the Omicron variant can suppress antibodies produced by the mRNA vaccine.
"When we see real-world data... I think we will need a fourth dose," Bourla told CNBC.
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Pfizer's attorneys sparked outrage when they asked a court to delay releasing their clinical research and vaccine data for 55 years.
Bourla, a veterinarian, previously projected a fourth shot would be required 12 months after the third booster shot and that booster shots will be required annually.
"With omicron we need to see because we have very little information. We may need it faster," he said.
Bourla said his vaccines have saved the global economy "trillions of dollars." He suggested companies that enforce vaccine mandates will reap "financial reward."
"I think it's a strong incentive for innovation for the next pandemic," Bourla said. "That people will see that if they step up to the game to bring something that saves lives, that saves it money, there's also financial reward."
He added: "We didn't do it for that, but I think it's a good thing that there is a financial reward.
Pfizer is expected to earn over $35 billion in mRNA vaccine sales this year.
Twitter users slammed Bourla's 4th dose prediction as a need for a "fourth yacht."
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The Food & Drug Administration has approved mRNA vaccine booster shots for all adults over 18.
Pfizer and Moderna announced the FDA's decision on Friday. Pfizer has applied for emergency approval of its Covid Ivermectin pill.
A Centers for Disease Control panel will meet later today to announce the new definition for "fully vaccinated."
Americans who received only 2 mRNA vaccine doses or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are officially unvaccinated.
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The FDA and CDC previously approved mRNA vaccines for children ages 5-11.
At least 10 states already had started offering boosters to all adults, Yahoo! News reports.
The CDC claims all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) offer protection against illness and death.
The news comes as Covid-19 "cases" have increased in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. over the last two weeks.
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Pfizer says its new Covid-19 pill will cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% when taken with a widely used HIV drug.
Pfizer's antiviral pill is second behind Merck Pharmaceutical, which submitted data for its anti-Covid pill to the FDA last month.
Pfizer's new pill, when taken with the HIV drug, showed strong effectiveness for treating Covid-19 at the first sign of illness in high-risk adults.
Pfizer's pill is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors that work by inhibiting an enzyme the virus needs to multiply inside human cells.
The coronavirus enter host cells by binding to ACE2 receptor enzymes in cells. People with higher levels of ACE2 (morbidly obese and HIV patients) are at higher risk for sickness and death.
The HIV drug slows the breakdown of Pfizer's pill so it will remain active in the body for long periods at higher concentrations.
"I think this medicine will change the way things are happening right now that will save millions and millions of lives, it has the potential to do it," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla -- a veterinarian -- told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Pfizer will submit data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this month.
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Dr. Ben Carson criticized the CDC's approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA vaccine for children.
The retired brain surgeon called mRNA vaccines for children "a giant experiment" during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday.
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When asked by anchor Maria Bartiromo whether he agreed with the CDC's recommendation of vaccines for children, Carson replied, "absolutely not."
Carson, who knows a thing or two about pediatric medicine, told Bartiromo:
"The fact of the matter is, the mortality rate for children from COVID-19 is 0.025, which is very similar to the rate for seasonal flu. And we haven't been for years and years going through all these things for seasonal flu.
"Plus, we don't know what the long-term impact of these vaccines is. So this is really sort of a giant experiment. Do we want to put our children at risk, when we know that the risk of the disease to them is relatively small, but we don't know what the future risks are? Why would we do a thing like that? It makes no sense whatsoever."
In related news, the FDA has delayed its approval of Moderna's mRNA injections for children between the ages of 12 to 17.
The FDA is delaying its approval of the Moderna vaccine for adolescents and teens until 2022 to further examine reports of heart inflammation in males.
Reports of myocarditis - inflammation of the heart muscle - are increasing around the world.
READ ALSO: FDA ADDS HEART INFLAMMATION WARNING TO COVID VACCINES
The news comes days after an FDA panel recommended emergency use of Pfizer's mRNA vaccine in children ages 5 to 11.
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The Centers for Disease Control is recommending a fourth Covid-19 mRNA booster shot for people 18 and over who are "moderately and severely immunocompromised".
The CDC updated its guidelines on Tuesday to add recommendations for people who are immunocompromised and have received 2 doses of mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) plus an additional booster shot.
"Moderately and severely immunocompromised people aged ?18 years who completed an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received an additional mRNA vaccine dose may receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least 6 months after completing their third mRNA vaccine dose.
"In such situations, people who are moderately and severely immunocompromised may receive a total of four COVID-19 vaccine doses."
Also on Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel voted 17-0 to recommend Pfizer mRNA vaccines for children ages 5-11.
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The FDA advisory panel agreed that the benefits of injecting children with mRNA vaccines "outweighs the risks."
The FDA is not bound by the advisory panel's recommendation and will make its own final determination within a few days.
A CDC vaccine advisory group will then vote to approve the FDA's recommendation.
Children as young as 5-11 could begin receiving half of the adult dose of mRNA vaccine next month.
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Chris Rock is among the millions of fully vaccinated Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Chris Rock, pictured in NYC on Sept. 13, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the news of his Covid-19 diagnosis.
The 56-year-old actor and comedian urged his social media followers to get vaccinated.
"Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don't want this. Get vaccinated."
Back in May, the "Grown Ups" star joked with late night host Jimmy Fallon that not only was he fully vaccinated, but that he jumped the line to get the injection.
"I was like, 'Step aside, Betty White, I did (the movie) Pootie Tang. Step aside, old people'. I was like Billy Zane on the Titanic. Leo (DiCaprio) died. Billy Zane lived to see another day. I don't want to be Leo at the bottom of the ocean... Billy Zane got another woman after that thing. In reality, you want to be Leo - but not in that movie."
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Rock, pictured with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle, also joked: "I'm two-shots Rock, that's what they call me." He clarified that he received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In 2020, Rock made a surprise appearance at a press conference with former New York governor Andrew Cuomo to urge New Yorkers to wear face coverings.
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"It's the kids who really aren't wearing a mask, and you know, it's sad. It's sad that our health has become, you know, a sort of political issue... It's a status symbol, almost, to not wear a mask."
Over 76% of Americans have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
A recent study out of Israel found that natural immunity confers longer-lasting protection against the Delta variant than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
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Pfizer-BioNTech has announced a new oral antiviral treatment for the coronavirus that must be taken twice per day along with the mRNA vaccines.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla announced the new pills in a tweet on Wednesday.
"Success against #COVID19 will likely require both vaccines & treatments. We're pleased to share we've started a Phase 2/3 study of our oral antiviral candidate-specifically designed to combat SARS-CoV-2-in non-hospitalized, low-risk adults."
Pfizer is projected to earn $34 billion in 2021 from sales of its mRNA vaccines.
In a press release this week, Pfizer stated the pills were developed to specifically target SARS-CoV-2 in fully vaccinated, "non-hospitalized, low-risk adults."
Pfizer says the oral protease inhibitor antiviral pills will be "mandated" for all symptomatic adults who are "not at increased risk of progressing to severe illness, which may lead to hospitalization or death."
In other words, the pills will be mandated for adults who have natural immunity and are not likely to get sick if they contract Covid-19.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech for its Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccine.
Health officials hope the full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community. The vaccination rate in the Black community is the lowest among ethnic groups in America.
READ ALSO: Pfizer CEO Blames Russia For Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black People
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blamed the Russians for the low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.
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Pfizer can now market its vaccine directly to Black consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will begin charging consumers for booster shots.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved a third booster shot for immunocompromised people, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and people who autoimmune disorders.
The FDA approval may lead to more vaccine mandates in blue states where businesses are urged to ban the unvaccinated.
"The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic," acting FDA commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said in a statement on Monday.
"While this and other vaccines have met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product. Today's milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S."
Prior to Monday, Pfizer's vaccine was only available on an emergency basis. Pfizer said the shot is still available to 12-15-year-olds on an emergency authorization basis.
Question: Do you plan to take the shot now that it's fully approved?
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Americans who received 2 doses of Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccines are no longer "fully vaccinated," according to new guidance from the CDC.
The CDC announced Wednesday, Aug. 18, that a third dose of the experimental mRNA vaccine will be available for immunosuppressed individuals starting the week of September 20.
The third dose, called "booster" shots, are necessary, according to the CDC, because data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shows the vaccine's effectiveness wears off after 6-8 months.
READ ALSO: FDA Authorizing THIRD Coronavirus mRNA Injection for Immunocompromised People
A reporter asked at a video press conference on Wednesday, "What will it mean to be fully vaccinated once people are eligible for boosters? Will it be two shots or three shots?"
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded:
"Our recommendation, down the line, again pending the advice and the review of the FDA..., is that we believe that that third dose will ultimately be needed to provide the fullest and continual extent of protection that we think people will need for the virus."
Prior to Wednesday, the definition of "fully vaccinated" meant two doses of mRNA vaccine or one shot of the J&J "dead virus" vaccine.
The booster shots will be available for immunocompromised individuals first in mid-September. Then it will become available to health care workers, nursing home residents and the elderly who got the first 2 doses.
The general population who received the first 2 doses will be eligible to receive the third booster shot in late September or early October, pending full approval by the FDA.
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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blames the Russians for low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.
Just 27% of Black Americans are vaccinated, according to CDC statistics. Caucasians, Asians and Hispanics have higher vaccinations rates than Black people.
Bourla blamed Russia for vaccine hesitancy particularly in minority communities where distrust of the government is highest.
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The CEO claims Russia masterminded online campaigns to spread misinformation among Americans.
"So many times we've got information from the [US] state department who tell us: 'We see that Russia is attacking you in an effort to discredit your vaccine.'"
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Pfizer was the first mRNA vaccine to be granted emergency authorization status by the FDA last year. Bourla told Consumeradvisory.com, "We are the most efficient vaccine machine."
Bourla said Pfizer's inoculation is the reason America nearly achieved herd immunity. But there's still a ways to go.
"If mRNA had failed, I think we would have been in a very, very difficult spot right now. We would need to vaccinate way more people to get the same result, in many cases 40 to 50 per cent more."
Bourla said the solution to reduce vaccine hesitancy is by shaming the unvaccinated.
"The worst thing you can do with these people — and there's a lot of this — is saying: 'You're not a man, are you not aware that you're putting everybody else in danger?'" he said.
Bourla said he has "personal views" about mandating vaccines nationwide.
"It's very easy to perceive that we have an interest. More people getting vaccinations means more vaccines sold."
Bourla projects sales of Pfizer vaccine to hit $34 billion in 2021.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third coronavirus mRNA injection for "immunocompromised" people beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.
The federal health agency expanded emergency use for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA to administer third "booster" shots to people with compromised or weak immunity.
The shots are authorized for people who received the first two injections and are considered immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, autoimmune disorders, HIV or other conditions that weaken the immune system.
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Americans with weak or compromised immunity are allowed to get a third coronavirus vaccine beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.
ALSO READ: Should You Get a Third Vaccine Shot? The CDC Says Not Yet
Previously, health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and the World Health Organization (WHO) said third boosters shots were not necessary.
However, Pfizer and Moderna claim third shots are needed because the first 2 injections are "wearing off" and antibody levels are decreasing among the fully vaccinated population.
Neither Pfizer nor Modern vaccines prevent the spread of the virus or prevent the fully vaccinated from contracting the virus.
Pfizer and Moderna have applied to the FDA for full approval of their vaccines.
About 50% of the U.S. population have been fully vaccinated.
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As Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC report "surging" coronavirus "variant" cases, pharmaceutical companies urge a third mRNA vaccine "booster" shot.
Pfizer-BioNTech is projected to earn $30 billion from vaccines in 2021.
Pfizer-BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a third vaccination booster shot.
The FDA is already in the process of reviewing Pfizer-BioNTech's request for full approval of its emergency authorized vaccines.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla claims that a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will be needed as the Delta and Lambda variants continue to surge across the US.
Bourla claims the immunity provided by the first two mRNA injections will wear off after 6 months.
However, natural God-given immunity typically lasts a lifetime. Natural immunity occurs after a virus enters the body (with or without symptoms).
When healthy, the natural immune system detects and responds to invading virus and kills the pathogens before the organisms can multiply in the body.
READ ALSO: CDC Investigates heart inflammation in young people who got Covid-19 vaccine
Ugur Sahin, CEO of Pfizer's German partner BioNTech, recently stated that he's not calling for a third booster shot just yet.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also said a third booster shot is not needed.
Pfizer said Wednesday it will require all of its U.S. employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated or participate in weekly rapid Covid testing.
Question: If you are fully vaccinated, do you plan to take the third booster shot?